Current information on the coronavirus

Alanus University has taken various steps to protect students, staff and guests from the corona virus.

The corona virus and the lung disease Covid-19 are also spreading in Germany. The health of our students, staff and guests is our top priority. We want to help and slow down the spread of the virus. We base our risk assessment on the recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute:

Measures taken by the Alanus University

Alanus University and Alanus Werkhaus have therefore set up a working group which currently meets daily to assess the situation. Due to recent cirmustances, the rectorate and working group, after consulting the responsible health authority and the company doctor, have decided the following measures:

  • The university management issues a prohibition of entry for all students of Campus I - Johannishof and Campus II - Villestra├če from Tuesday, 17 March 2020. The restriction applies to all university premises - including all studios, exercise and performance rooms, seminar rooms, canteen / cafeteria and library. With this measure, the university management follows an order of the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia, which prohibits meetings in public and private educational institutions. This regulation is initially valid until April 19, 2020.

  • Course programmes & exams:
    The start of the face-to-face courses in the spring semester 2020 at the Alfter University as a place of study will be postponed. The start of the face-to-face lectures of the semester is now scheduled for Monday, 20 April.
    • Special curricular offerings:
      The coming weeks are not a holiday period, teaching will take place in special teaching formats. For this purpose, the teachers will increasingly make use of digital e-learning services. The students will be informed in a timely manner by their departments and the examination office.
    • Examinations:
      Examinations that require on-site attendance cannot take place until 19 April 2020 inclusive. Whether a department will offer an examination in digital form due to the current situation is decided by the department or school. If an examination cannot be conducted in digital form, the examination date must be postponed. This applies to all examinations, including individual examinations.
      Since it is currently not foreseeable whether all examinations registered for examination block 1 in the spring semester 2020 can be held in this examination block, all examination registrations already made remain valid - regardless of when the examination will actually take place during the semester. This means that you do not have to deregister from examinations that have been cancelled or postponed. The examination office can still be contacted by telephone, e-mail and post if you have any questions.

  • Library:
    Out of duty of care and for the protection of our students and staff, the library is closing immediately for students and administrative staff. Students can no longer return items or borrow media. Return deadlines and reminder fees are of course waived until further notice. The teachers make every effort to provide students with the most important teaching materials online.
    Staff members can put borrowed media in the return box in front of the library entrance door.
    However, only teachers may continue to use the library at limited times in order to prepare for their teaching.

  • Further events:
    In addition, the Alanus University's "Augen.Blick.Mal" open days on 27 and 28 March - including all planned events - will be cancelled. "Augen.Blick.Mal" thrives on the carefree, direct exchange between staff, students and guests - and this is precisely what is unacceptable for everyone involved at the moment.
    The University Discussion, the Children's University, the Information Day on Educational Science, the performances of the drama and eurythmy departments, university sport and all other events will also be cancelled until 20 April 2020.

  • Consulting services:
    Also individual consultation sessions will not take place on site until 20 April 2020. Consultations can still be made by telephone or e-mail.

The university management also appeals to the members of all status groups who are planning a private or professional trip, to consider the danger to themselves and others and to examine the necessity of travel.

Please be sure to adhere the standard hygiene measures, i.e. the basic rules whoile coughing and sneezing and good hand hygiene. Means for hand disinfection are available in the sanitary facilities of the university and the Werkhaus.

General Information

Citizens can contact the new hotline of the state government for questions about the coronavirus: +49 211 / 9119 1001. The hotline is available Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. In the event of a suspected case, citizens should call the doctor and discuss how to proceed. Like other respiratory pathogens, an infection with the coronavirus can lead to symptoms such as cough, runny nose, sore throat and fever; some sufferers also suffer from diarrhea.

Further information can be found at:

It is strongly recommended not to travel to high-risk areas. The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) currently names Italy, Iran, the province of Hubei in China (incl. the city of Wuhan), the province of Gyeongsangbuk-do (North Gyeongsang) in South Korea, and the Grand Est region as risk areas for the coronavirus in France (this region includes Alsace, Lorraine and Champagne-Ardenne).
(As of March 11, 2020)

Persons who (regardless of a trip) have had personal contact with a person who has been diagnosed with the virus SARS-CoV-2 should contact the responsible health authority immediately and regardless of symptoms. The health department conducts an individual survey to ascertain the individual risk and to determine measures. At the same time, it is possible to coordinate medical care if symptoms occur.

For travelers from regions in which COVID-19 cases occur, but which are not risk areas, the following applies: If you develop a fever, cough or shortness of breath within 14 days after the return journey, you should - after registering by telephone and with reference to the trip - see a doctor. They should also avoid unnecessary contacts, stay at home if possible, pay attention to the cough and sneeze label and to good hand hygiene.

The German University Association has compiled information on what to do if there is suspicion of coronavirus at a university. These rights and obligations apply to an infection risk at the university (text in German):


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